Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Beyond The Pale

Beyond The Pale Boutique, 1968.

Manageress, Jo Cruickshank, model, Chantey Mulville, owner, Peter Woodworth and model, Anthe Holt.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Katherine Carpenter and Barbara Bach

Katherine Carpenter and Barbara Bach model in 1966. Barbara Bach would go on to marry Ringo Starr.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Sharon Tate

"My definition of love is being full. Complete. It makes everything lighter. Beauty is something you see. Love is something you feel."
-Sharon Tate

Sharon Tate in Paris, 1968. 

Friday, 23 August 2013

At the Dance

Beautiful photo by Bruce Davidson, photojournalist and documentary maker of the 1960s civil rights movement.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Monday, 19 August 2013

Andre Courreges

Andre Courreges, pioneer of the 'Space Age' look. Photoshoot in Paris, 1969.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

The Italian Job

"It's a very difficult job and the only way to get through it is we all work together as a team. And that means you do everything I say."
-Charlie Croker, played by Michael Caine in The Italian Job. Directed by Peter Collinson, 1969.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Lord John

Warren Gold's Lord John shop, next door but one to John Stephen's His Clothes on Carnaby Steet.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Malcolm X

"A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything."
-Malcolm X

Malcolm X, 1961. Photo by Eve Arnold. 

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Tuesday Weld

"As a teenager, I was a wreck. I drank so much I can't remember anything."
-Actress Tuesday Weld on her 'wild child' youth. 

Monday, 12 August 2013

That is what you do

"I felt quite fraudulent because I am not a classic beauty, not now, not then. Like lots of models I felt insecure about the way I looked. We know too well that it's a lot to do with disguise and how you put yourself together. [It was like] being a piece of meat. They would discuss your body as though you were not there. But I was a model and that is what you do."
-Penelope Tree

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Colleen Corby

Amercian model, Colleen Corby who was the cover girl for teen magazine, Seventeen fifteen times.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Psycho

“Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.” 
- Alfred Hitchcock

Psycho Poster, 1960

Friday, 9 August 2013

Murray The K's Dancing Girls

Murray The K's Dancing Girls

American DJ, Murray The K bowling with The Ronettes.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

The 5 Point Haircut

"He was key to that whole look in the early sixties, that youthquake thing in London. The cut gave you a certain freedom. You weren’t chained to the salon and you certainly didn’t have to go and have it set with big rollers under a hair dryer for a couple of hours. He did it with a hand-held hair dryer so it wasn’t quite drip-dry, but it was remarkable."
- Grace Coddington on the creation of the famous Vidal Sasson 5 Point Haircut. 

Model, Grace Coddington (later creative director of US Vogue) and Vidal Sasson.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Friday On Your Mind?

"Monday morning feels so bad,
Ev'rybody seems to nag me
Coming tuesday I feel better,
Even my old man looks good,
Wednesday just don't go,
Thursday goes too slow,
I've got Friday on my mind."

-Friday On My Mind, The Easybeats, 1966

Australia's premier Sixties pop group, The Easybeats. 

Monday, 5 August 2013

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Hyde Park Festival, 5 July 1969


The Rolling Stones headlined The Hyde Park Festival in July, 1969. The free festival was The Stones first public performance in 2 years and was originally intended as a gig to introduce new guitarist, Mick Taylor. Former Stone Brian Jones died 2 days before the concert, meaning it transformed into more of a memorial performance. Mick Jagger read a short eulogy followed by some verses from Percy Shelley's Adonais. After this hundreds of white butterflies were released.

"Peace, peace! he is not dead, he doth not sleep
He hath awakened from the dream of life."

- Adonais, Percy Shelley. 

Hyde Park Festival, 5 July 1969

Saturday, 3 August 2013

John Bates

Fashion designer, John Bates experimented with op-art fashion in the Sixties, with black and white bold contrasting shapes and styles, although he stuck to classic silhouettes and cuts.

He was also famous for designing the black leather outfits worn by Diana Rigg in The Avengers and the dresses worn by Julie Christie in the film, Shampoo. He also introduced some of the shortest mini dresses in the early sixties, trouser suits in 1962, string vest dresses in 1963, striped tube dresses with matching stockings and the 'Bikini Dress' which had a top and bottom halves, joined with transparent netting.

Jean Shrimpton models John Bates, for Vogue, 1966.

I believe in everything...

“I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?” 
- John Lennon

Fan photo of John Lennon leaving EMI in 1969.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Alamac Ad

 "Where ever you go this weekend - enjoy it."

Alamac Knits advert from 1967.

Alamac Fabrics was founded in 1946 and is still making fabrics today!



Thursday, 1 August 2013

Marianne

“Never apologize, never explain - didn't we always say that? Well, I haven't and I don't.” 
- Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull, photo by jean marie périer, 1966.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Monterey Pop

Brian Jones at The Monterey Pop Festival, 1967.

Although the Stones didn't play, Brian attended the festival and appeared on stage to introduce The Jimi Hendrix Experience - their first major American appearance.

Photo by Jim Marshall.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Blow-Up!

Iconic image from Blow-Up (1966), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and starring David Hemmings.

Notable cameos in the film include The Yardbirds (featuring both Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck - Jeff Beck would leave the band a few months later), Micheal Palin and Janet Street-Porter (both unknowns at the time)

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Fontella Bass

"I had the first million seller for Chess since Chuck Berry about 10 years before. Things were riding high for them, but when it came time to collect my first royalty check, I looked at it, saw how little it was, tore it up and threw it back across the desk. It actually side-stepped me in the business because I got a reputation of being a trouble maker."
- Fontella Bass (speaking about 'Rescue Me').

Soul singer, Fontella Bass, most famous for her 1965 smash hit, Rescue Me.
I had the first million seller for Chess since Chuck Berry about 10 years before. Things were riding high for them, but when it came time to collect my first royalty check, I looked at it, saw how little it was, tore it up and threw it back across the desk. It actually side-stepped me in the business because I got a reputation of being a trouble maker.

Read more at: http://www.heavy.com/entertainment/2012/12/rescue-me-singer-fontella-bass-dead-top-10-facts-you-need-to-know/
I had the first million seller for Chess since Chuck Berry about 10 years before. Things were riding high for them, but when it came time to collect my first royalty check, I looked at it, saw how little it was, tore it up and threw it back across the desk. It actually side-stepped me in the business because I got a reputation of being a trouble maker.

Read more at: http://www.heavy.com/entertainment/2012/12/rescue-me-singer-fontella-bass-dead-top-10-facts-you-need-to-know/
I had the first million seller for Chess since Chuck Berry about 10 years before. Things were riding high for them, but when it came time to collect my first royalty check, I looked at it, saw how little it was, tore it up and threw it back across the desk. It actually side-stepped me in the business because I got a reputation of being a trouble maker.

Read more at: http://www.heavy.com/entertainment/2012/12/rescue-me-singer-fontella-bass-dead-top-10-facts-you-need-to-kn

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Record Boxes



















45RPM Record Boxes by Tuktuk

100% Leather boxes with clasp fasten and lined in 100% cotton shirt fabrics. Available to buy in black, yellow, orange and blue from AtomRetro.com

Friday, 26 July 2013

The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
















"Running's always been a big thing in our family, especially running away from the police." 
- The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner (1962) 

Tom Courtney in The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner, 1962. British new wave film directed by Tony Richardson and based on the novel of the same name by Alan Sillitoe.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Paul


"None of us wanted to be the bass player. In our minds he was the fat guy who always played at the back."
-Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney pictured by David Montgomery, c. 1965. (Nb. Paul's bloodshot eyes in these pictures are often commented upon!)

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Fly Translove Airways, Gets You There On Time...

"It was one of the best jobs a woman could get back then. I spoke languages and I wanted to travel; it was a very exclusive job and difficult to get. There was nothing else open for women, unless you wanted to be a secretary."  

- Christel Vane, who worked as a Pan Am Air Stewardess from 1959 - 1984


60s Flight Attendants uniforms


Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Cher

"I am a part of history whether people want to take it seriously or not."
- Cher

Cher in 1964.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Chrissie Shrimpton

"I used to hear them whispering - 'Poor Chrissie, her boyfriend's so ugly!'"
- Chrissie Shrimpton

The younger sister of model, Jean Shrimpton, Chrissie dated Mick Jagger from 1963 - 1966, and claims the title of his first 'serious' girlfriend. Chrissie was in love with Mick and imagined they would be married and always live together - but unfortunately Mick had other ideas. Marianne Faithful turned his head in 1966 and soon Chrissie had been forgotten.

Legend has it that the Rolling Stones songs Under My Thumb, Play With Fire, Backstreet Girl, 19th Nervous Breakdown and Stupid Girl are about Chrissie Shrimpton.

"She purrs like a pussycat,
Then she turns 'round and hisses back.
She's the sickest thing in this world,
Look at that stupid girl." 

- Lyrics to Stupid Girl

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Pierre Cardin Swing Coats

 
'The clothes that I prefer are those I invent for a life that doesn't exist yet - the world of tomorrow.'
- Pierre Cardin 

Pierre Cardin, Polka Dot Swing Coats, 1967

Friday, 7 June 2013

60s Model - Pattie Boyd

 "I just don`t want to be the little wife sitting at home. I want to do something worthwhile."

Pattie Boyd - one of the first fashion models to become a household name, was the eldest of four children born to Colin Ian Langdon Boyd and Diana Frances Boyd. She grew up partly in Kenya before returning to England in the fifties. In 1962 she moved to London and worked as a shampoo girl before embarking on a modelling career.

In 1964 she was cast as a schoolgirl on the train in the Beatles film, A Hard Days Night. She caught the eye of George Harrison, who asked her out. At the time she was 'semi-engaged' to photographer, Eric Swayne, so initially declined, but shortly after broke off her engagement and started dating George. Not long after Pattie moved in with George into Kinfauns, their psychedelic bungalow in Esher, Surrey. They married in 1966 with Paul McCartney as best man.  In 1969 George wrote the Beatles song, Something about her.

Pattie's modelling career went from strength to strength and she was photographed by David Bailey and Terrance Donovan. She modelled for Mary Quant, Vogue and other famous fashion houses and magazines, sometimes working with her sister, Jenny Boyd. Unfortunately, George was not too keen on Pattie working so by the end of the sixties her modelling career had dwindled down to only a handful of one off photo shoots.

Following some problems, not least the fact she and George were unable to start a family together, Pattie's marriage to George began to break down. She met Eric Clapton (George's friend) and after she rejected him a few times, they began a passionate affair. Eric wrote the song Layla about his love for Pattie. George and Pattie broke up in the early Seventies and Pattie eventually married Eric in 1979. Eric also wrote the song, Wonderful Tonight about her.

Pattie and Eric's marriage was sadly to fall apart too. Eric struggled with alcohol and drug addiction. Pattie became depressed and admitted to drinking and taking drugs too, although she never becoming reliant on them in the way Eric did. Feeling trapped in another stay-at-home-wife style relationship, she left Eric in 1984 and they divorced in 1988.

Following two turbulent marriages to rock stars, Pattie took herself out of the limelight somewhat. She began to pursue a career as a photographer and began to do charity work. She co-founded drugs charity, SHARP with Ringo Starr's wife, Barbara Bach in 1991.

In 2007 Pattie published her autobiography, Wonderful tonight - her memoir of a remarkable life in the 60s and 70s.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

The King Of Carnaby Street

 Male W1, Carnaby Street in 1966
It's it only befitting that a blog called 'The Carnaby Chronicle' should begin with The King Of Carnaby Street himself, Mr John Stephen.

John Stephen owned as many as eight shops along Carnaby Street in the sixties, with more in places such as Regent Street, Old Compton Road and the Kings Road as well as eventually the USA and Europe, but not a huge amount seems to be known about this enigmatic entrepreneur.

Originally from Glasgow, John Stephen began his menswear career in 1952 by working firstly for Moss Bros. and then in Vince's Man's Shop which was situated just off in Newborough Street, London. He opened his own shop in 1956 in Beak Street, just off Carnaby Street. A fire at the Beak Street shop resulted in a move to number 5 Carnaby Street, and the Carnaby Street fashion parade began!

Before John Stephen and His Clothes arrival, Carnaby Street was a narrow back street in central London, not too far from The London Palladium and behind the prestigious Regent Street. By the end of the sixties Carnaby Street was the centre for fashion and the heart of Swinging London's look. John Stephen had expanded to multiple shops including several branches of His Clothes, Male W1, His 'N' Hers, Trecamp (Womens wear) Domino, Mod Male and John Stephen's Man's Shop.

John Stephen's company was publicly floated in 1972, but closed and assets sold off to competitors in 1975, around the time that Carnaby Street was considered to be on the down turn. After which, there isn't an awful lot of information available on what happened to our Mr. Stephen. He worked for Francisco-M, importing European designs in the seventies and later represented fashion franchises in the UK, including premium fashion house, Lanvin but after that, there seems to be a question mark over what became of him.

He died in 2004 at age 70 and in 2005 Westminster City Council unveiled a plaque commemorating his influence on Carnaby Street and importance to London and the fashion industry.